Assemblyman Gregory Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) today criticized the leadership, actually lack thereof, of the New York State Legislature and specifically the Assembly Committee on Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry. Ball’s comments referred to Assembly Bill 9202, an act to prohibit the use of live fish in any pedicure procedure. “Eight weeks into the year, and the Economic Development committee just now gets around to having a meeting. And what is priority one? A bill to prevent pedicurists from using a carp to suck the dead skin off a client’s foot,” Ball said. “These clowns need to be taken into a dark room and shaken around a little bit. We are hemorrhaging thousands of jobs, foreclosures are mounting, and this is their priority? Small businesses are shutting their doors, tax receipts are hitting new lows and priority number one is to push through this ridiculous piece of legislation? If anyone doubted my claim three years ago about how dysfunctional Albany was, I doubt they still hold objection to my indictment. We’d be better off if 90% of these members were replaced by carp.” A9202, introduced by Assemblyman Carl E. Heastie on October 21, 2009, was read in committee at the first Economic Development meeting since it was drafted, and passed with 23 members in favor and 2 opposed. Senator Klein wrote a similar bill that was also passed by the Senate’s committee on Economic Development this week. According to the Sponsorship memo’s justification of the bill, “There have been reports linking this procedure to fungal infections in Singapore.” Please, God, say this is a bad joke.